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Glendale teen Dylan Bilski excels in academics, athletics and art


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Dylan Bilski, born and raised in Glendale, is a prime example of a young adult creating positive change within the community.

For over 10 years, Bilski has volunteered with various organizations, including the Edward R. Miller VFW Post 7336, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 118, St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children in Bayside, the East Coast Car Association Toys for Tots and many more.

Bilski attended P.S. 91,  and is now a student at the Fiorello H. LaGuardia School of the Performing Arts, also known as the FAME school. Maintaining a 95 average, Bilski who also paints, participates in local sports through organizations such as CYO and RGMVM baseball.

In addition, he was a member of the Queens Falcons undefeated championship football team and the Queens Falcons Spring League championship team, playing as a lineman for both. Finally, Bilski plays varsity baseball and basketball as a member of the Boys Club of Flushing.

“We are extremely proud,” said dad Mike. “Everything he does is perfection. He excels in academics, athletics and art — all three rolled into one.”

Bilski possesses a whole-hearted dedication to paying respect to the veterans who have served. He has marched in the Queens Veterans Day parade for the last three years, and recently participated in the Flag Retirement Ceremony in Flushing, as well as the Maspeth and Glendale Memorial Day Parades.

This Memorial Day weekend, Bilski received three awards, including one from the Disabled American Veterans, Auxiliary Unit and the VFW Miller post.

His passion for service and his selfless outlook is admired throughout the community and is a defining example of a young adult creating substantial change.

And for all this he credits his father.

“I think my dad was my main influence,” he said. “He always told me to get involved and give back, which gives you a good feeling.”

Bilski’s accomplishments have been noted through citations from local politicians and groups he has volunteers for. His service extends to organizations including the Knights of Columbus and his local church, Redeemer Lutheran of Glendale.

And, it seems, the teen has his future mapped out.

Bilski received a full scholarship, valued at $42,000 per year, to attend Ashville Preparatory School in North Carolina. Recognized as one of the most prestigious preparatory schools in the United States, he will be attending Ashville Prep in August with hopes of attending Annapolis in the fall of 2014. Ultimately, he said, he wants to serve as a naval officer and work for either the FBI or CIA.

‘Green Team’ cleans up Veteran’s Plaza in East Elmhurst


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Photos Courtesy of Louis Armstrong Middle School -  The Louis Armstrong Middle School “Green Team” assembled on June 8 and October 21 to restore Veteran’s Plaza.

The students of the Louis Armstrong Middle School are “teaming up” to be green.

The school’s “Green Team,” which consists of students from grades five through eight, organized a beautification project aimed at renovating Veteran’s Plaza, the school’s park, located at 32-02 Junction Boulevard in East Elmhurst.

“Prior to our ‘adoption’ of Veteran’s Plaza, the park was filthy with constant vagrancy,” said Joshua Blum, a science teacher and sustainability coordinator at the middle school. “The New York City Parks Department’s budget is stretched thin and we had an army of extremely motivated young people who wanted to make a difference in their community. The park used to be messy, have chipped paint falling off benches and railings, few rose bushes and no flowers.”

The project, which consisted of two phases, one on June 8 and the second on October 21, included washing the park’s walkways, scraping gum from pavement stones, removing weeds, planting new grass, additional rose bushes and annual flowering bulbs and painting the perimeter railings, benches and flag pole,

The students received help during the restoration from community residents and the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post.

“I am very proud of my students for taking part in this community project,” said Blum, who led the renovation. “They were very excited, and that feeling was spread to everyone who participated. We look forward to future opportunities to help our environment within our community.”

The students who participated in the cleanup experienced the dual delight of providing their schoolmates with a place to play and contributing to the betterment of their neighborhood.

“I’ve always wanted to give back to the community,” said Carter D., a seventh grader at Louis Armstrong. “Today I feel like I did that with this park project.”